As Newcastle prepare to meet Huddersfield on Saturday with no further reinforcements since defeat at Fulham, it has been revealed on Thursday morning that United have made an approach for Guinea international striker Idrissa Sylla.
The Telegraph say that their information is that Newcastle have asked about the player’s availability as they look to add more attacking threat to a squad that looks at least one striker short.
Idrissa Sylla arrived at Anderlecht (from another Belgian club Zulte-Waregem – 14 league goals in 31 starts and 16 sub appearances) halfway through Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba’s final season at the Belgian club but he didn’t make his debut until last (2015/16) season.
Used mainly as a sub last season, 25 year old Idrissa Sylla scored seven league goals for Anderlecht in 10 starts plus 20 from the bench.
This season so far, he has scored in each 0f Anderlecht’s opening two league matches, though each time he came off the bench to help them get victories.
The 6ft 2 striker has been given the nickname ‘Waddle’ in Guinea after the former sausage maker/Newcastle star/England international, despite playing through the middle rather than the wing.
The Telegraph report Wolves as also showing interest in the player but as for Newcastle, whilst nobody would have blinked if United had been linked with such a player in the past, it would seem to take a leap of faith for Rafa Benitez to be interested in a player with Idrissa Sylla’s profile – even though Newcastle find themselves in the Championship.